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Suter, Poorten named to NB&T board

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 2:05 p.m. CDT

NB&T and its holding company, NI Bancshares Corp., have announced the appointment of Tim Suter and Kevin Poorten to its board of directors. Suter is president and CEO of The Suter Company Inc. Poorten is president and CEO of KishHealth System.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Tim and Kevin to our board of directors,” Michael Cullen, NB&T president and CEO, said in a news release. “We’re confident that their extensive involvement in the community, senior executive background, and wide-ranging portfolio of responsibility will translate to valuable contributions to our board and our community banking vision.”

As a third-generation CEO, Suter has guided The Suter Co. through dynamic changes, resulting in an innovative organization that has succeeded for nearly 90 years in the highly competitive food industry. The Suter Co. has received multiple awards in recognition of its contribution to the local community and the education of its employees.

Suter serves on the board of directors as president of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, and as an adviser to the DeKalb County-based Youth Engaged in Philanthropy. He speaks regularly to organizations around DeKalb County, primarily drawing on lessons from the leadership training and development program he founded called A Leader’s Voyage.

Poorten has served as president and CEO of KishHealth System since the fall of 2002. He has more than 30 years of health care administration experience. Before joining Kish, he served as a regional vice president for Province Healthcare in Nashville, Tenn., and held numerous senior level positions with Samaritan Health System in Arizona, including CEO of Havasu Regional Medical Center.

Poorten is chairman of the Illinois Hospital Association Board of Trustees. He also serves as chairman of the IHA Transforming Illinois Health Care Task Force. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on numerous community boards, including the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp., Opportunity House, Live Healthy DeKalb, Partners in Education, and Sycamore Park Task Force.

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